The Rangers have reunited with right-hander Adrian Sampson on a minor league contract with an invitation to big league camp, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. The club temporarily cut ties with Sampson when it non-tendered him on Nov. 30.
A fifth-round pick of the Pirates in 2012, Sampson has been with the Rangers since November 2016, when they claimed him off waivers from the division-rival Mariners. Sampson has since totaled 23 innings and five appearances (four starts) in Texas, all of which came last season, and posted a 4.30 ERA/6.03 FIP with 5.87 K/9, 1.57 BB/9 and a 36.5 percent groundball rate.
While Sampson hasn’t been overly successful with the Rangers, the 27-year-old has done well as a member of their Triple-A affiliate, as he recorded a microscopic 0.90 ERA with the team in 10 innings in 2017 and then a respectable 3.77 mark in 126 2/3 frames last year. In all, Sampson carries a 4.11 ERA with 6.5 K/9 against 1.8 BB/9 in 398 2/3 innings at the minors’ highest level.